M.S. at the School of Health Sciences
The Master of Science in Occupational Therapy program at the School of Health Sciences at the Sage Graduate Schools is the only accredited master-level Occupational Therapy Program in the Capital District and Upstate Region of New York State. Full-time students can complete the 80-credit masters program in 27 months of study that includes 6 months of field experiences. Students can elect to complete the program on a part-time basis by enrolling in classes 2-3 days per week and completing one year of coursework over a two-year time period.
Qualified men and women who possess a baccalaureate degree and who have fulfilled the prerequisite courses for the professional program may apply directly through Sage Graduate School.
Prospective students who do not have a bachelor’s degree can enter through an Accelerated 3+2 BA or BS Leading to the MS in Occupational Therapy. See handbook for details.
Students interested in applying to Sage Graduate Schools for an MS in Occupational Therapy should complete the following forms and include them with the admission application: Academic Standards Statement, Clinical Observation Documentation, and Program Prerequisite Record. The observation hours can be completed after acceptance, but must be completed prior to beginning program coursework.
For an application and financial aid information, please contact the Sage Graduate Schools’ Office of Admission.
- In slightly over two calendar years, students complete the 80-credit master’s program that includes a research project and 6 months of full time fieldwork.
- The program is taught by highly experienced faculty; many having earned practice specialties and board certification.
- Many courses are delivered in seminar-format; class size is kept small.
- Curriculum is delivered in well-equipped laboratory spaces.
- Fieldwork experiences are integrated throughout the curriculum.
Students complete five part time and full time fieldwork experiences to refine clinical reasoning and therapeutic skills while working with clients. Level I fieldwork involves three multi-week experiences in clinical settings integrated within first and second-year coursework. Level II fieldwork involves two full time, 12-week internships during the summer and fall following the second year of study. These affiliations give students the opportunity to practice the clinical skills learned in the classroom in occupational therapy settings under appropriate supervision. The expected outcome of Level II fieldwork is entry-level therapist performance and independent practice.
Sage has formal agreements with over 175 clinical sites located throughout the country. Students have completed fieldwork at sites in NY, PA and NJ, at facilities in New England, and at sites in the southern region of the US, the mid-West and on the West coast. Supervising therapists describe Sage occupational therapy students as highly competent and well-prepared.
The Sage Colleges Occupational Therapy Program is registered with the NYS Education Department and accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association, 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-2682 and its Web address is www.acoteonline.org.
The most recent reaccredidation was granted in December 2016. Upon graduation, students are eligible to sit for the national certification exam that is administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). In addition, most states require licensure in order to practice occupational therapy; however state licenses are usually based on the results of the national certification exam. A felony conviction may affect a graduates ability to sit for the certification exam or to attain state licensure.
The Program’s overall pass rate for the 2014 and 2015 time period was 100% (first-time test-takers and test-retakers). Program results from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) can be found online at secure.nbcot.org/data/schoolstats.aspx
For the 3 most recent graduating cohorts (entry into OT program 2011-2013) 91% of students progressed to graduation (95 of 104). While the majority of students enroll in the program full time, some choose a part time track. *Some of the students who entered the program part time in these years are still working toward their degrees.
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Students are active research participants in faculty-mentored research projects. The three-course OT research sequence provides a solid foundation to support student research efforts. Some recent student research topics include spirituality, improving functional outcomes, autism, driving cessation and depression, pervasive developmental disorders, outcome assessment validation, post-stroke depression, and carpal tunnel syndrome. Faculty, too, are engaged in ongoing research projects covering a range of practice topics such as post-traumatic stress disorder, handwriting and common core curriculum, and linking expressive arts and palliative care.
Students enjoy an excellent student to faculty ratio of 13:1 that facilitates personal attention and close working relationships. The Occupational Therapy faculty at Sage are specialists in the fields of pediatrics, psychosocial practice, rehabilitation, gerontology and research. To ensure currency in program content delivery, faculty are engaged in scholarly work and clinical practice in addition to their teaching responsibilities. As a result they are able to bring new ideas and technologies into the classroom as well as to expose students to contemporary practice in their respective therapy settings. Faculty include professors who hold advanced certification in pediatrics, neurorehabilitation, sensory integration, neurodevelopmental treatment, and hand therapy. Areas of inquiry represented in faculty doctoral degrees and study include expressive arts, curriculum and instructional technologies, education and psychology. Many OT faculty also hold leadership positions in occupational therapy professional organizations and in community agencies.